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Saturday, March 11, 2006
LESSON OF THE DAY 493
If God were to punish people for their injustice, not a single creature would be left on earth: but God leaves them be until a determined time. And when their time has come, they cannot postpone it even an hour nor yet bring it on. [16: 61]
Hadith of the Day:
Protect (yourselves) from the earth for it is your mother and there is no one who does any act, good or evil, except that it will tell about it. [Tabrani]
Wise Quote of the Day:
Beware, beware! For God has been so protective that it almost seems like Divine forgiveness. [Ali radi Allah anhu]
Guidance of the Day:
Become an early riser. This simple, practical strategy help many people discover a more peaceful, even more meaningful life. So many people wake up, rush to get ready, grab a cup of coffee, and charge out the door to work. After working all day, they return home, tired. The same is usually true for men and women who stay home with their children: They get up just in time to start doing things for the kids. There is virtually no time for anything else. Whether you work, raise a family, or both, for the most part you are tired to enjoy any time left for you.
As a solution to the tiredness, the assumption is often made, "I'd better get as much sleep as I can." So, your free time is spent sleeping. For many people this creates a deep longing in the heart. Surely there must be more to life than work, children, and sleep. Another way of looking at your fatigue is to consider that a lack of fulfillment and a sense of being overwhelmed both contribute to your tiredness. And, contrary to popular logic, a little less sleep and a little more time for you might be just what you need to combat your sense of fatigue. An hour or two that is reserved just for you--before your day begins--is an incredible way to improve your life.
Many people have told me that this one shift in their routine was the single lost important change they have ever made in their lives. For the first time ever, they are able to participate in those quiet activities they never found the time to do. All of a sudden, the books are getting read, the meditation gets done, the sunrise is appreciated. The fulfillment you experience more than makes up for any sleep you miss out on. If you must, turn off the television at night and get to sleep an hour or two earlier. [Don't Sweat The Small Stuff]
Food for Thought:
Most people are searching for happiness. They're looking for it. They're trying to find it in someone or something outside of themselves. That's a fundamental mistake. Happiness is something that you are, and it comes from the way that you think.
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